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Protik Basu

Suprotik (Protik) Basu serves as managing partner of Helena Special Investments and led Helena’s deal team for this transaction. Protik was previously partner and founder at Blue Like an Orange Sustainable Capital, and prior to his work in private finance, he was CEO for the office of the UN Secretary General’s special envoy for health financing. During his tenure as CEO, and prior to that as its managing director, Protik led the group’s efforts over a decade to mobilize and deploy over $3.5 billion of resources to end deaths from malaria in Africa, and to improve child and maternal health in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Through the distribution of over 2 billion mosquito nets and hundreds of millions of medications, this unprecedented public-private partnership saved the lives of over 7 million children from malaria in one of the largest public health efforts in history. Protik also oversaw the formation of the End Malaria Council, co-chaired by Ray Chambers, Bill Gates and President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and which laid out a roadmap to eradicate malaria worldwide. Protik holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Johns Hopkins University and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland. He currently chairs the Advisory Board of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.